A positive pregnancy test changes the life of a woman.
The next 9 months are quite important for the health of both the baby as well as the mother-to-be.
In order to go through this period without any complications, the pregnant woman has to follow a certain lifestyle, which ensures the birth of a healthy child as well as preventing any health disorders for the mother.
Antenatal care differs with the different stages of pregnancy.
The mother has to undergo different tests for HIV, Anemia, Hepatitis B, Diabetes and Preeclampsia during the first trimester.
Proper immunizations should be done
A proper balanced diet is to be followed to ensure essential nutrients are supplied to both the embryo and the mother
Alcohol, smoking and other narcotics should be strictly avoided
Proper and adequate rest is necessary
Ultrasound scans are done to check for the growth of the baby inside the womb
Tests are performed for Amniocentesis and glucose screening
Potential health risks are heartburn, round ligament pain, back pain, Placenta Previa, etc
Physical activities should be minimized
Braxton Hicks is a symptom that may resemble labor contractions
All physical activities should be gradually halted as the months pass
Diet should be strictly regulated
The mother also has to discuss with the doctor about the best way to deliver the child
Countdown to birth
Doctors usually recommend hospitalization a week before predicted birth
Once the labor pains start, contact the gynecologist immediately
In case of delivery at home, make sure the midwives are with the mom during the potential last week of pregnancy